(CNN) – She tried to run against President Barack Obama as last year's GOP nominee.
But with that dream dashed, Rep. Michele Bachmann has another idea.
"He has a perpetual magic wand, and nobody's given him a spanking yet and taken it out of his hand," the Minnesota Republican told WorldNetDaily. "That's what Congress needs to do. The way we spank the president is we do it through the checkbook."
She was speaking to the conservative website about the ongoing battle over comprehensive immigration reform. The "magic wand" she refers to is the power to implement executive actions, like the one taken by Obama last year to defer deportations of young undocumented immigrants who were brought here by their parents.
A bipartisan immigration reform bill passed the Senate last month that included a pathway to citizenship, which many Republicans, including Bachmann, regard as "amnesty."
As the push for immigration reform slows in the House, Bachmann warned fellow opponents of a pathway to citizenship that resistance in the lower chamber may not hold up under pressure from GOP leaders who she said were sold on an "amnesty bill."
"The only game in town is legalization, for President Obama and for Senate Democrats. They want that legalization status," Bachmann, who will not run for re-election in 2014, said.
She suggested using Congress' ability to allocate funds to reject Obama's priorities, including the Affordable Care Act.
"We have the power of the purse," she said. "The most powerful body in Washington D.C. is the House of Representatives, which I'm honored to be a part. We're the ones that say, 'No, you can't have the money.' What's wrong with us? What is wrong with us that we would give the president ten cents to fund Obamacare?"
So, Obama is a boy? It is statements like this that will keep many blacks far away from the Republican party.
Geez....I guess Ms.Bachman will gove back her farm subsidies??
2014: The year that the right gets voted OUT!!!!!! Reason? Folks like her & her buddies.
I wonder if she ever reads the transcript of what she said!?!? She has a right to believe what she likes but to put it in those words just makes her clan look even worse...
This is one sick puppy
She's leaving the House because she thinks she can beat Al Franken in next year's Senate race. What she might not realize is that most of her public statements have been recorded. Those utterances will be very hard, if not impossible, to defend.
Until the republican party divorces the tea party it is doomed!
How did this imbecile get voted in?
Michelle Bachmann is- inept,ignorant,vindictive and above all an illiterate who shouldn't be in congress in the first place.Her destructive activities or reasonable lack of in the US congress is why other countries are now wondering, if American concept of democracy has any positives in modern day society.Because what other countries see is a system that is tied up in meaningless wrangling's that does not benefit the masses.
Boo! Crazy lady dishing out crazy theories .. stealing runs in the bachmann camp.
This is GOP politics at its worse and she represents the worst. If you cannot win the votes, be disrespectfuaull of the President. When will this lady and the GOP care for the Americans and show any sense and pasion. If they need the health insurance, don't all Americans? if they need equal opportunity, don't all Americans? If they need to enjoy life, don't all Americans? What is wrong about providing healthcare to everyone? What is wrong about fixing the immigration system? Obama is right and Bachmann is wrong. GOP and the republican congressmen and senators are all wrong and selfish and do not care ofr America. They don't even listen to Americans.
Translation: we should step up our political sabotage of the United States of America.
Crazy woman speaks stupidly. As usual.
Isn't that why she married Marcus Bachmann? And more importantly, why Marcus Bachmann married her?
You know....I am really getting sick of this woman and her mouth and her complete absence of class. Really sick of her
Well...she's smarter than Palin. Unfortunately, that's not saying much though.
Aww...her career in politics is over.
She needs to shut up and go away.
Republican party needs to replace the elephant with a dinosaur. They can't go extinct fast enough.
Apparently it doesn't matter that denying some funding (maybe most) means the loss of jobs! So it's OK to hold funding back to make a statement and too bad for those that lose their jobs or find their salaries cut. Bachman doesn't have to worry, she will have a pension and health care no matter what happens. This seems to be the opinion of many Republican legislators, who care nothing for the people who are affected.
Anyone who wants to hold up/divert/cancel funding on one bill (be they democrat or republican) just to push their agenda in a totally unrelated area does not deserve to be a representative of anyone in the USA.
"Politicians" like her make us the laughing stock of the world!
The GOP ceased to be rational when it ignored the mandate of the First Amendment and got in bed with the Christian Coalition back somewhere between Nixon and Reagan.
This woman is so far ourt of touch with reality. The President jut got re elected by a majority and like him or not, she should respect that. It is the American way but by being so irrational she keeps the Republicans already poor image sink even lower. She has her followers but a more moderate position would have won the last election. Keep looking like a bunch of idiots and you might win the next one. Well, not this nut but a more intelligent Republican
She has proved that she is a psycho. It is the good of the people that is important but the power to curtail what Obama wants. Some people will cut thier nose to spite their face. Sour Grapes.